Posted:Sunday, November 12, 2017. 5:00 p.m. CST.
By Richard Harrison: As this process already involves international actors and interests….Guatemala and Belize will still spend many millions in ”popular consultation” and referendum vote to see if the people are in agreement to take this imaginary “diferendum” which was ANGLO-GUATEMALAN…and because of their unilateral decisions they change it to BELIZE-GUATEMALA DIFERENDUM…to the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
They should better use those millions to provide better public services to their people. But they will not.
So what can be expected of the vote in Belize?
And as the “wise leaders” of both countries have given no direction for what should happen after the NO vote…what direction should we take?
There exist some Guatemalans in Belize that quickly forgot why they left their country behind…to find better quality and conditions in Belize…thus in Belize the ”NO’ vote to take this question to the ICJ will be 70%…so this question will never reach to the ICJ.
Belizeans don’t want to be Guatemalans…not at all…with all due respect…and they see this process as a another form of aggression where the powerful and rich seek yet again to dictate our future…even though Belize is recognized worldwide as an independent nation since 1981.
There cannot be Guatemalans that think it is right to take by force all what Belize has developed since 1862…155 yrs… without a penny of Guatemalan contribution. They should take into account that there can be chaos in Belize if the citizens of Guatemalan origin (made citizens contrary to the Belizean constitution) comes out vociferously in favor of a YES vote.
There are reasons why the Belizean people do not consider it a good idea to go to ICJ, among them:
The solution should follow a process of bilateral negotiations over reasonable time (there should be no rush)…that begins with Guatemala recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Belize with the borders defined as it is at the United Nations…allow Belizeans their inalienable right to self-determination…without reservations…and open bridges of cooperation in education, health, security, energy, transportation, infrastructure, investments , commerce, tourism, etc…things that can improve the quality and conditions for the citizens of both countries…living in peace and respect…best of sisters…and a good example for the whole world.
The other option is to live like the Palestinians and Israelis…permanent war…something that no one who wants good for their country would desire.
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This article was written by Richard Harrison, Belizean investor in production and services businesses in Belize. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Lancaster University.
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